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  This old gem (1978 Orion I Brandon Transit Fleet #21) spent many years north of Brandon in Forrest MB as a non mobile Ice Cream Vendor...a few years back it was sold and moved across the road from this location and continued to be used in this manner.  

  I passed through Forrest recently and old #21 is gone and it appears and old school bus has replaced it. I have no idea what or where it's ended up....hopefully the MTHA

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I was planning on going to Wesman Salvage at some point this week for parts, so I might take a swing through were they keep buses and see if it ended up there. It would be a shame to see it get scrapped.

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Looks like they may have gotten rid of it sometime back in May. Might also give them a call to see where it ended up.
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On 9/20/2021 at 6:17 PM, BrianD said:

The way some of the current fleet are BT might need some of those old Calgary buses....lol

That's pretty typical of them going all the way back to at least 2008. Is it still the case that Transit is at the bottom of the list for priority of getting things fixed at the city garage?

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A bit behind schedule, but now happening nonetheless. A one year pilot project with the on demand transit service Blaise Transit. 

https://www.brandon.ca/public-notices-details?var=6212

 

The service will run 6 to midnight on Weekdays and Saturdays, and all day on stay holidays. I assume this also implies that Sunday service will become on demand all day. 

There was also mentioned in the press release that it will include a service expansion to areas currently served by TransCab. If not sure if that will only be during the hours the on demand service operates, or an all day service. 

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So I tried the on demand service for the first time today. It seemed like a bit of a mess at the moment though it mostly stemmed bugs with the software itself and the stop placement on Google Maps. Sometimes it wouldn't register a bus being at a stop at the right time and such.

Other than that it seems like it'll be really good when the kinks are worked out. Makes the late night trips a lot more direct and quick rather than dealing with buses running on the hour. 

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20 hours ago, armorand said:

Curious - does Wesman sell buses in running condition, if offered? Or strictly salvage work?

I think I was told just parts. I doubt the ones there are in running condition.

You'd have to ask them.
http://www.wesmansalvage.com

Edit: I should add that they have let me go in and get some souvenirs for myself off the buses for a pretty reasonable price. It's mostly the engines and transmissions they care about since those can be used on other heavy duty vehicles.

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Either 16 or 17 (the MCI Classic) is parked inside the fire training compound at the airport. It's way in the back so it was too hard to see which one it is. Pictures to come when I get around to getting on the computer and uploading them. 

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Spotted the GM Old Look on a flatbed heading north on 1st Street. No idea where it was going. Never saw any tenders our for it or anything. Only know it was sitting for a few years with plates on it and in running condition but slightly rough cosmetic shape. 

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21 hours ago, BusRider said:

Spotted the GM Old Look on a flatbed heading north on 1st Street. No idea where it was going. Never saw any tenders our for it or anything. Only know it was sitting for a few years with plates on it and in running condition but slightly rough cosmetic shape. 

Do you mean bus 14, the restored 1957 unit that has been sitting in the city yard?

It hasn't ran in at least 4 years....I've heard through the grape vine there might be a grant of some sort coming for the re-restoration of 

bus 14....The body is still decent but apparently the floor is bad. 

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That would be the one. Good to hear some confirmation that it's likely not disappearing. Would be cool if they could start using it again for public events again. I remember the "Boo Bus" in the early 2000's when they'd decorate it for Halloween. That or when they'd bring it out for free rides on Rider Appreciation Day, I guess they don't appreciate us anymore! :P

 

Turns out my last ride on it was a lot longer ago than I remember. Last saw it out and about 9 years ago!

 

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Went for another On Demand ride this evening and it was significantly more on time. The extra convenience of how quick this service has been is spoiling me. I really hope it stays. 

One thing I did note is that 5 buses are being used instead of 4 like the previous hourly night service. From what I hear, this is in an effort to keep pickups on time rather than a bump in ridership. That being said, it will be interesting to see the numbers. 

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One of the EZ Rider's made it to Ontario and was operated by Kasper for a very short time. Not sure if it was used. It was for sale July of 2021. I did manage to get a photo. The property owner didn't know much as it was stored for Kasper. If one of yous can identify this one that would be great!

 

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9 hours ago, G.A said:

One of the EZ Rider's made it to Ontario and was operated by Kasper for a very short time. Not sure if it was used. It was for sale July of 2021. I did manage to get a photo. The property owner didn't know much as it was stored for Kasper. If one of yous can identify this one that would be great!

 

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No it was never used for service. It is Ex Brandon Transit unit 12

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Small update about the On Demand service. 4 buses are now used from 6pm to 8pm, then an additional 5th bus is added 8pm to midnight. This is changed from just operating 5 buses the whole time. This is due to increased demand later in the evening as a lot of restaurants and stores close between 9pm to 11pm.

Another change is any bus will make a stop if there's a passenger waiting at a stop. This is an effort to reduce waiting times for people. The drivers are supposed to check if the person is heading in the general direction of where the bus is currently booked to go, and I believe dispatch can modify the bus the booked trip is assigned to. Personally, I don't think that's a great long term solution. What I'd really like to see is an option to book a trip "ASAP" or "Soonest Bus" instead of being forced to book 30 minutes in advance. Perhaps that way they could offer trips without a guaranteed arrival time, but really reduce the waiting time from booking.

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